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Musharraf will be arrested on return: Pakistani minister

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

slamabad, Jan 8, IRNA -- Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that former president Pervez Musharraf will be arrested upon his return to home as arrest warrant has been issued for him.

Musharraf announced on Sunday to end his nearly three-year self-exile and to return to the country from January 27 to January 30.

He made the announcement while speaking to thousands of his supporters in Karachi while he was on satellite contact from Dubai.

The former President said he will land at Karachi airport.

Musharraf ruled Pakistan from 1999–2008. In the face of impeachment, he resigned on August 18, 2008. Musharraf had been living in exile since 2008 in Britain and UAE.

Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik said Musharraf is a proclaimed offender and will be arrested under law of the country.

Talking to media men at his place of residence, Malik said that the court's verdict on Musharraf would be abided by.

He had launched the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) party in exile.

A government prosecutor also said on Saturday that Pervez Musharraf will be arrested upon his arrival in connection with the 2007 assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

'Musharraf is a proclaimed offender and there's no need for an arrest warrant for him,' Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali, prosecutor at the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) told reporters.

Musharraf is also facing charges of the killing of a tribal elder Nawab Akbar Bugti, who was killed during a military operation in 2006 when Musharraf was ruler of Pakistan.

He rejected all charges as 'politically motivated' and said he will defend murder charges brought against him in the court.


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